The State Government is planning to make effective use of technology, including Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping to identify, map and demarcate different places and plan initiatives accordingly. Around 56 newly-constituted municipalities in the State will soon have GIS-based master plans aimed at planned development of urban centres across the State during the current financial year.

Tenders will be floated to rope in private agencies to take up GIS mapping exercise in the ULBs. Consultants will be engaged for preparation of these GIS- based master plans for the 56 newly-constituted municipalities, which would be divided into four packages.

The GIS maps will have 44 layers of information comprising land-use survey, nature of buildings, number of floors, roads, other access routes, streetlights, drainage, water connection and other such minute details. The authorities can gather and analyse data including spatial location that would facilitate them organise layers of information into visuals using maps and 3D scenes and help reveal patterns, relationships, and situations for smart decision-making.

The GIS-based master plan will help us to prepare action plans for planned growth of these areas and ensure development of adequate infrastructure within the fixed time-frame. It will help us identify priority areas or issues which need immediate attention. We have already implemented GIS mapping successfully in several existing municipalities over the past couple of years,” the officials said.

In 2018-19, GIS-based mapping was developed in 37 existing ULBs under Telangana Municipal Development Project. The GIS-based mapping for another 22 ULBS was under preparation and satellite images for these towns had been procured. Under AMRUT scheme, consultants have been engaged for preparation of GIS-based master plans for four Urban Development Authorities including Nizamabad, Khammam, Karimnagar and Siddipet besides six ULBs including Miryalaguda, Suryapet, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar and Ramagundam. 

The draft master plans will be completed by November this year, the official added.

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